More than a few turn-of-the-century American golf clubs bear the name of Tom Bendelow on their original design. The difference when considering Algonquin Golf Club is that Bendelow was an actual member of the club. Which is not to say that the club is overly sentimental; nearing its centennial, Algonquin brought in Brian Silva for a relative overhaul.
Among the most impressive holes are the respective closers to the front and back nines, which both require strategic approach to the fairway bunkering, based on whether one prefers better distance or angle into the green. Another eye-catcher is No. 11, which has been converted into a Redan-style par three, playing across Shady Grove Creek.
One thing that Silva was not able to change was the landlocked nature of the course, which hasn’t added much distance since Bendelow expanded the club to 18 holes during 1913 (famed Scot Robert Foulis was responsible for construction). The fairways remain tight and the conditioning supreme.